How to Play Chess

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The object of the game is to checkmate the other king. Checkmate happens when the king is in a position to be captured, in check, and cannot escape from capture.

At the beginning of the game the chessboard is laid out so that each player is sitting across from the other and has the white or lighter colored square in the bottom right-hand side. The chess pieces are then arranged the same way each time. The second row is filled with pawns. The first row should be set up as follows going left to right: Rook, Knight, Bishop, Queen, King, Bishop, Knight, Rook. You’ve set it up correctly if your queen is on the same colored square as the color of the piece.

The player with the white pieces always moves first. A turn consists of moving 1 piece 1 time. Players alternate turns until the end of the game.

Spaces may not be shared by pieces. Pieces cannot move through or over any other piece. Opponents’ pieces can be captured by correctly moving your piece to the square of an opponent’s piece. When a piece is captured, it is eliminated and removed from the board. Each of the 6 different kinds of pieces has a unique way of moving:

Pawns move one square forward (toward your opponents side of the board) at a time, unless it is the first time it is moved during the game, in which case it may be moved up to 2 squares forward. Pawns can only capture pieces one diagonal square in front of them, and cannot capture pieces directly in front of them, but is instead unable to move forward. If a pawn reaches the other side of the board, it can be changed into any other type of piece. This is called a promotion.

Rooks can move any number of squares side to side, or back and forth. Rooks cannot move diagonally. Rooks cannot jump pieces but instead capture the first enemy piece they move into.

Knights move in the shape of an “L”, moving 2 squares in one direction, except diagonal, then one more square at a 90 degree angle. The knight jumps over any pieces in the way, capturing any opponent piece in its final move position.

Bishops can move any number of squares diagonally. They capture the first enemy piece they move into.

The Queen can move any number of squares in any direction. The queen captures the first enemy piece she moves into.

The King can only move one square at a time in any direction. The King can never move himself into “Check”.

Whenever a move directly results in the opponent’s king being threatened, (meaning if action is not taken, the next turn the King would be captured) the attacking player must say “Check”. The opponent must then use their turn to protect the king either by moving the king out of check, moving a different piece to block the path of the attacker, or by capturing the piece that threatens the king.

If a move directly results in the opponent’s king being threatened, and there is no move to protect the king, the attacking player declares “checkmate,” the game is over, and he wins. A draw, or stalemate, occurs when the king is not in check and the player cannot legally move any of his pieces or there is any other situation where there is an impossibility of checkmate.

There are a couple other types of unique moves. The first is castling: On a player’s turn he may move his king two squares over to one side and then move the rook from that side’s corner to right next to the king on the opposite side. However, in order to castle, the following conditions must be met: it must be that king’s very first move, it must be that rook’s very first move, there cannot be any pieces between the king and rook, and the king may not…


  1. My Classmate is so stupid That she doesnt know how to use A PAWN

  2. Good-ness. That's a lot for a beginner to comprehend and think about.

  3. People who already know how to play and seeing this


  4. i thought bro is playing scholar's mate it justm y eye is blind wait actually not he did really play scholar's mate

  5. The how to play chesstris (chess + Tetris ) w/ Tetris effect: pawn: nerf 2, knight: nerf 1, bishop: none, rook: buff 1, queen: buff 2, king: buff 3. Goal: capture the king. No draws, check, checkmate. Trying to capture a piece: spin the wheel with its game modes w/ 2 players, then, play the following mode on the arrow of the wheel. Castling, en passant, promotion: allowed.

  6. One of my little girls I babysit wants me to play with her thats why I'm here so next time ready ♟️😅….
    Shes 8yrs old lol

  7. This video is making me want to kill myself

  8. You did such an excellent job at explaining this game, I’ve always been so confused! Lol thank you!

  9. I just realised he has no beard nor a mustache

  10. I minute you move queen f 7but the opposite black moves f 6 tell idea 💡💡💡

  11. Well this is the 1st time I've actually heard all the rules in one sitting. Well done

  12. who's cringing at his pronouncing of "en passant"

  13. I love you man thanks for the video makes so much sense you are awesome❤❤❤

  14. 2:10 little note for complete beginners: what he meant to say is that the queen can move horizontally, or vertically. The person explaining chess to my mother back in the day made the same mistake and confusing her, causing her to give up and to this day be the only person in the family that can’t play chess

  15. bro I’m here to learn bc I’m in a club rip ☠️

  16. I’m trying to learn this for school right now and I have noo idea what I’m doing

  17. The knowledge can be hard to understand but never give up to protect the king!

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